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Hi there, I was just messing around with the "historical_characters" db table and wanted to give the characters who do not have unique art sets new ones to better distinguish them (e.g. Key "105" - "Marcus Licinius Crassus", gaul_rome ("Rome", Caesar in Gaul campaign) has a generic appearance. I wanted to try and give him the art_set "Lepidus_EE" as a test). But, for some reason, I noticed that their newly designated art sets would not spawn with them. Instead, they are always given a generic general appearance.
So, being curious, I tested this without any mods whatsoever on the other campaigns looking for vanilla spawnable candidate historical characters and the same thing happened for all of them. For example, I waited hundreds of turns as Rome in the Grand Campaign to get to the spawning window for "Gaius Julius Caesar" in the candidates tab, and when he finally did spawn he was not using the "Caesar_General" art set that was designated to him.
I know this probably cannot be fixed for the coming patch on the 9th due to time constraints and this report is rather short notice, but perhaps this could be fixed in a potential update afterwards? Because of this bug, I'm not surprised that people don't notice historical characters pop up in their games - the ones who are supposed to receive unique appearances (e.g. Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar) are not spawning correctly through the recruitable candidates tab.